A programme of work is underway to prepare Brightlingsea’s outdoor swimming pool for the coming season.

The schedule has started a month earlier than normal this year to allow time for the extra touches being made at the site. The open air pool will reopen to the public on May 23.

This extra work, over and above the usual maintenance, is costing a total of £24,000. It will include repairing cracks to the pool floor and this needs to be carried out by a specialist contractor. A new chlorine tank is being fitted along with a new backwash pump and a strainer basket is also being replaced.

Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Events and Leisure, said the initiative has caused a great deal of interest from residents who have been walking past.

“People have been asking the contractor what is going on and they have been keen to find out exactly what improvements are being made to the pool,” he said. “We experienced problems last season due to the tidal surge which heavily affected the pool and this current scheme is also addressing some of the problems which resulted from that incident, such as heavily clogged drainage.”

Cllr Platt added that all the works are progressing well and are currently running ahead of schedule.

The Promenade Way pool, which is run by Tendring Council, is the only outdoor pool in the district. It was built in 1933 and this is the fifth year running that it has undergone significant refurbishment.

Picture shows contractors get to work repairing the cracks in the floor of the pool.

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